An Octoroon in the Abbey Theatre, Programme Notes for audio described performance, 14th May 2022
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ radical reboot of Irish playwright, Dion Boucicault’s notorious 1859 play The Octoroon became “this decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today.” (The New York Times)
Both old and new, both disturbing and hilarious, the original storyline of this flawed Irish classic is remixed into a bigger, wilder, more subversive version. The Peyton’s failing Louisiana plantation is in financial ruins. Everything and everyone they own is going to be auctioned. Can Zoe escape the clutches of the devious Jacob McClosky?